‘Earth Pyramids of Platten’ by Marco Grassi.

Mars. Third place, Nature.
“These natural sand towers, capped with large stones, are known as the Earth Pyramids of Platten.
They are situated in northern Italy’s South Tyrol region. Formed centuries ago after several storms and landslides, these land formations look like a landscape from outer space and continuously change over the years and, more accurately, over seasons.
This natural phenomenon is the result of a continuous alternation between periods of torrential rain and drought, which have caused the erosion of the terrain and the formation of these pinnacles.
As the seasons change, the temperatures move between extremes and storms affect the area, pyramids disappear over time, while new pinnacles form as well.”
Image Credit: Photograph © Marco Grassi / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
Source: Winners of the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest – The Atlantic

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